Community based organizations (CBOs), are institutions that are set up within local communities play a very important role in community development and wellbeing. CELCOR acknowledges their roles towards tangible sustainable development at the community level. CELCOR have gone out of its usual programme of work to empower these CBO partners in building their skills set in proposal and report writing as an approach in ensuring the sustainability of their organizations.
The training was conducted from the 28th June – 2nd July 2021 in Port Moresby. CBO representatives were brought in from Bougainville, New Ireland, East New Britain, West New Britain, West Sepik, Gulf, Central, Milne Bay, Oro, Jiwaka and Simbu to participate in the Training Workshop. Most of the CBOs that came for the workshop were conservation and community development oriented. The goal of the proposal and report-writing workshop was to empower the local CBOs to sustain their conservation and community development activities through securing of long term donor funding arrangements.
‘The functionality and sustainability of CBOs are very important in conservation’, said Mr. Bosip, CELCOR’s Executive Director. ‘Shortfall in funds, corrupt government departments, lack of proper staffing and skill sets, lack of proper equipment, lack of proper training and financial constraints have long been halting CBOs’ progress. With such trainings, CELCOR tries to help CBOs so they become self-reliant and sustainable in the long run’, he further added.
At the end of the training participants expressed gratitude and appreciation for the attainment of skill training. On behalf of the all the participants, George Okol of Kuakam Conservation Association Inc. of Jimi in Jiwaka Province praised CELCOR’s efforts to train them on key skills in this proposal and report writing. ‘We needed this kind of training and this one week is a blessing for us CBOs who are into conservation but have little support from the government. This training gives us skills to go out our own way to seek funds for the sustainability of our organizations’.
Ms. Angela Nelson representing the Buhutu Women’s Association of the Milne Bay Province also shared a similar sentiment. ‘We have the drive but lack skill set and this kind of training is just timely for us. The proposal and report writing skills learnt during this workshop will now help us to do fundraising for ourselves so it can enhance the sustainability of our organizations.
The participants were very happy with the workshop and vowed to put into practice what they had learnt during the week upon their return to their respective communities.